Children playing with matches start house fire

Published: Friday, May 3 2013 1:56 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake City firefighters work on a house fire at 608 N. 800 West in Salt Lake City Friday, May 3, 2013.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Children playing with matches are believed to have started a fire that caused heavy damage to the front room and attic areas of a Rose Park house Friday.

Firefighters were called about 9:20 a.m. to 608 N. 800 West and found flames coming through the roof upon arrival, said Salt Lake fire spokesman Jasen Asay. Two adults and two children, both under 10, were able to get out safely.

Investigators believe the fire started when the children were playing with matches on top of a couch and accidentally lit the couch on fire, Asay said.

About 25 firefighters responded to the incident.

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